Eleven-year-old Chottu works 12 hours daily at a roadside tea joint near New Delhi’s bustling interstate bus terminus, selling snacks and hot tea. As competition is fierce from other vendors, Chottu has to work swiftly to catch his customer’s eye. “I often burn my hands while pouring tea due to the rush. But I’ve no choice. Meagre sales mean no food for me that day,” says the boy who has been working since his mother died and his alcoholic father abandoned him two years ago.